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Updated: 12/26/2013 21:46 | By Channel NewsAsia

45 hotels bid to house 2015 SEA Games athletes

45 hotels bid to house 2015 SEA Games athletes

45 hotels bid to house 2015 SEA Games athletes

SINGAPORE: A tender by the Singapore Sports Council for hotels to house athletes from around the region during the 2015 Southeast Asian Games in Singapore has received 45 bids.

The bids were mainly from four- and five-star hotels situated in the city, and were submitted via the Government Electronic Business portal.

Among them were Pan Pacific, Fairmont and Ritz Carlton. The average number of rooms offered by the 45 hotels is between 30 and 50.

Singapore Southeast Asian Games Organising Committee announced earlier that it is considering a "Village in the City" concept instead of a traditional Games Village.

This would increase opportunities for Singaporeans to get up close and personal with the stars of the Games.

But one analyst says that housing athletes in hotels could lead to a shortage of rooms for other visitors, among other challenges.

"On the sporting event day, they will need to be moved to the sporting facilities like the stadium. This can actually pose some logistics challenges as well as traffic congestions, so the authorities will have to look into this," said Nicholas Mak, executive director at SLP International Property Consultants.

Some 15,000 volunteers will be roped in for the Games, with organisers planning a recruitment drive in February 2014 at the Gardens by the Bay.   - CNA/ec

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